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Ḥujr b. ʿAdī b. Jabala al-Kindī (Arabic: حُجر بن عدي بن جبلة الکندي), was one of the companions of the Prophet (s) and one of the elite companions of Imam 'Ali (a), and was one of the noblemen and wise of Kufa. He had an important role in many battles such as Jamal, Siffin, and Nahrawan. He was martyred in the way of supporting Imam 'Ali (a) by Mu'awiya.

Hujr and his brother, Hani, converted to Islam in the time of the Prophet (s), and Hujr was one of the noble of his tribe. He is considered as worshiper and trustworthy in 'ilm al-rijal; he had only narrated hadiths from Imam 'Ali (a). According to al-Mas'udi, he was the first Muslim to enter Maraj 'Adhra' in time of the Islamic conquests, and was the first Muslim to be martyred there.

When Ziyad was in Basra, Hujr and his men stoned 'Amr b. Hurayth, the deputy of Ziyad in Kufa, because he was cursing Imam 'Ali (a). When Ziyad was informed about the event came to Kufa immediately and captured Hujr and his men. Hujr and his men were given the chance to save their lives by cursing Imam 'Ali (a); seven accepted, but Hujr and six of his men rejected and were killed. The killing of Hujr and his men caused the reaction of Imam al-Husayn (a), and even some of the nearest entourage of Mu'awiya like Malik b. Hubayra.

In 2013, Wahhabis of Jabhat al-Nusra demolished the grave of Hujr and exhumed his body and took it to an unknown location. Read more...